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Articles, Orchestra News

What Is Your Artistry Worth?

Every musician, regardless of genre or instrument, studies to attain artistry and practices to achieve excellence. There is no shortage of learning opportunities for serious musicians, from conservatories and music schools to private teachers and YouTube videos. What is lacking is education on what artistry is worth in a professional commercial marketplace and in the nonprofit sector.

Social Media Campaign Recovers Stolen Cello

French soloist Ophelie Gaillard’s was robbed of the 18th-century cello she plays at knifepoint outside her home in a Paris suburb.

Los Angeles Philharmonic Announces 100th Anniversary Season: LA Phil 100

Los Angeles Philharmonic has announced an ambitious season to mark its 100th anniversary. Aside from an exciting centennial program, the orchestra will mark the milestone with educational and social-impact initiatives, as well as public celebrations.

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Ratifies Five-Year Contract

The musicians of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, represented by Local 16-248 (Newark, NJ), have ratified a five-year contract, retroactive to September 1, 2017.

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Undertakes Historic Fundraising Campaign

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) has announced one of the largest fundraising campaigns in its 101-year history, aiming to raise $65 million by December 2019.

Disney Union Coalition Files Unfair Labor Complaint

A coalition of unions for workers at Walt Disney World Resorts filed a federal unfair labor practices complaint accusing the company of holding employees’ $1,000 bonuses hostage during contract negotiations.

Nashville Lawmakers Act to Protect Contractors

Lawmakers in Nashville have introduced a new piece of legislation that would extend the state’s sexual harassment protections to include, not only employees of a given business, but contractors as well.

Improved Contract for Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

In December, Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra ratified a four-year CBA under which its musicians, represented by Local 443 (Oneonta, NY), will see wage increases and other significant improvements.

CFM Lobbyist Recognized

In February, the Canadian Federation of Musicians, represented by Vice President from Canada Alan Willaert and Executive Director Liana White, joined in honoring CFM Lobbyist Isabel Metcalfe, who is stepping down from her chair position on the board of Famous Five, Ottawa chapter.

The Philadelphia Orchestra to Tour Europe and Israel

This spring, May 24 through June 5, The Philadelphia Orchestra will tour Europe and Israel. The visit to Israel is part of a new partnership between the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the orchestra, designed to engage new members of the Philadelphia community.